This is the one that got me noddin' my head like, "yeah":
"Mat Latos rolls on. He went seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four. Latos is 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA over his last 10 starts. He allowed a total of one run over 21 1/3 innings in his last three outings."
We knew coming into the season that Latos was a bit of a slow starter. April has historically been a dismal month for the big fella. But take a look here at his digits since the beginning of May: 120 IP, 3.08 ERA, 116/36 K/BB. k-Mibby said it in the recap last night and I'll echo it here: This is the guy we traded for. And he's awesome.
Joey Votto won't say when he thinks he'll be back
other than to say that he'll be back when he's ready to be back. "I don’t want to put a schedule on it," he said. "I love to play tonight or tomorrow, but that’s definitely not going to happen. I want to be healthy the next time I go out there. I’m happy that the team has been playing extremely well."
The Reds have opened up a six game lead over the Pirates (seven games on the Cardinals) in Joey's absence, so there really is no good reason for him to do anything but take it nice and slow. Of course, that kind of lead can evaporate very quickly, but it really should have no bearing on how how he and the team handle his knee. He'll be ready for the final month of the season, and he'll be well-rested and re-energized. It will be great to have him back, but it's even greater to know the Reds can handle this without him.
Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton are good to go, Scott Rolen is close
Rolen hasn't played for a solid week, but he did take batting practice yesterday and gave the team the thumbs-up. "We haven’t DL’d him yet," Baker said. "It depends on how much longer it goes. If he’s better, we won’t. If we thought was a DL thing, we wouldn’t have waited this long. We’re operating short. We’ve been at 22, 23 the last three days."
Obviously, the Reds and I have very different definitions of "DL thing". If the team has to play with a short bench for a week - in a pennant race, no less - then it most definitely is a DL thing. Look, Scott Rolen is clearly an important member of the team. But this has happened to him at least a half-dozen times over the past few years. Given his age and his history, I have no idea why they wouldn't just play it safe and give him the two weeks off. But at this point, I'm just pissing in the wind. This is their MO, and it's not changing. Good thing we're six games up.
This Todd ROY Frazier thing is starting to get some real traction
"I'd be lying if I said I don't look at it, but I do. It's part of the game," Frazier said. "I understand there is a chance. But at the same time, it's my role. I have to know my role playing and I've got to understand that we have to win and get to the playoffs. You play the team game. I learned at a young age that all of that individual stuff will take care of itself."
Ten years ago yesterday, Jason LaRue failed to catch Jared Fernandez
You may or may not recall (I didn't) that Fernandez was a knuckleballer, and on that day LaRue was conscripted into being his battery mate. LaRue was charged with three passed balls in the first inning, which is surely some kind of record. The worst of it came after a walk to Matt Williams. Here is Chris Jaffe's recount:
"Two pitches after the walk, a knuckler got away from LaRue for a passed ball. Williams went to second. On the very next pitch, it happened again. Williams scooted to third and LaRue now had three passed balls on the day – and it was still just the first inning. Two pitches later the ball made it to the backstop again, allowing Williams to score. At least this time it wasn’t a passed ball. This time it was a wild pitch, so LaRue was still at three passed balls on the inning. But in a single five-pitch plate appearance, three balls went to the backstop allowing a runner on first to score. Yeesh." The Diamondbacks would of course go on to win the game. HT to RHM for the heads-up.
There's a Reds TweetUp scheduled for Thursday's game
If you buy a TweetUp ticket and sit with all the nerdlingers in the moon deck, you'll get a special Jay Bruce t-shirt. I've never been to a TweetUp myself, but I know some of you all have. Nerdlingers.
Jay Jaffe at SI opines that MLB got it wrong with regards to the playoff schedule this year
In their haste to implement the second Wild Card, they were forced to fudge the schedule so that the visiting team actually gets the first two homes games. Jaffe breaks down the numbers to explain just how important home-field advantage is. Basically, the home team gets a slight edge, which means they more often win the first game (and the second game) of the series. Winning first is a huge factor in winning the series, and now the lower seeded team is awarded with that advantage. [budseligshrugging.jpg]
Some idiots who don't know much about baseball, but know a little bit about baseball, furrowed their brows at the new Joe DiMaggio postage stamp
The stamp shows Joltin' Joe following through on his swing, but some figured it looked like he was batting left-handed. But if you know anything at all about baseball, you'll notice the positioning of his hands. Furthermore, they still make stamps?